Climate change protesters remain out in force as arrests tip 700

Climate change protesters remain out in force as arrests tip 700

"We will also be talking to the Government and to our colleagues in the criminal justice system to see whether there are changes that should be made in the legal framework to make it easier for us to deal with people who are not violent, but are refusing to move when it is unlawful for them to stay there protesting any longer".

Another officer is seen dragging a man sideways.

Demonstrators were continuing to block Waterloo Bridge in the city and the central Oxford Circus junction despite the removal by police of the pink sailing boat which had acted as a natural focal point for the movement.

Mass arrests for obstructing the highway and breaching the Section 14 order that prohibits protests apart from at Marble Arch do not appear to have deterred protesters and 10 people have been charged with those offences.

Police officers, who far outnumbered them, approached to warn them of potential arrest for trespassing.

Despite the large police presence, the XR protests have remained peaceful.

Actress Dame Emma Thompson joined the protests in London after flying from Los Angeles. The boat was then partially dismantled before finally being towed out of Oxford Circus.

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"We have seriously failed them (the younger generation) and our planet is in serious trouble, we have much, much less time than we thought", Dame Emma said. It's not like we are burning things down.

Protesters were out again Saturday, urging the British government to make fighting climate change its top priority. The police have turned up because they were asked to. "It is a waste of taxpayers' money".

Extinction Rebellion (XR) demonstrators will observe a candlelit vigil this evening followed by an Easter Sunday feast the following day.

Even bigger demonstrations are feared - with greater turnout prompted by the good weather and the airing of a David Attenborough documentary on climate change on Thursday.

Tensions rose between frustrated motorists and members of Extinction Rebellion who blocked traffic on the crossing outside Sheffield railway station on Sheaf Street on March 19.

The 16-year-old Swedish activist is due to meet senior British politicians next week having already met with Pope Francis and addressed the European Parliament.

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